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The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography | [Stephen Fry]

The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.
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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen years ago, Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry's autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge best seller. In the years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director, and presenter.

In January 2010 he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least-well-known years of his life, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

©2010 Stephen Fry (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd

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    Mary St SorlinFrance 21/09/2010
    Mary St SorlinFrance 21/09/2010 Member Since 2006
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    "Hours of delighted listening"

    To say that an extra dimension is given by Stephen Fry's voice would be an understatement. He confides, entertains, shocks, confesses, delights, enlightens - rather than merely narrates. It makes the price of this book seem far too low.

    In the course of telling the part of his story that stretches from Cambridge to the fame and fortune of his later twenties, he shares with us some of the thoughts and inner fears that he says still haunt him. None of this is solemn or toe-curling though. He always brings himself (and us) back from the brink with a throw-away line of such ludicrous self-mockery that, if most react as I did, the loudness of your own laughter comes as quite a shock.

    It's also an insider's look at the way comedy changed and grew in the eighties. Nearly all the radio and television heroes of that era are there. You can hear their voices and each is treated with affectionate glee.

    It's rare to find a book where every sentence is satisfying, funny or moving. In an audio book this is a special delight.

    He says that it cannot be wondered at that his own rather shy hero, Alan Bennett, is so greatly loved. The self-deprecation that emerges in this book reveals the astonishing fact that Stephen Fry too lacks inner self-assurance - in spite of his cultured, funny, 'Renaissance Man' persona. It's as if he can't quite believe the enormous affection with which the nation regards him but it seems likely that this book will increase that affectionate admiration even more.

    161 of 166 people found this review helpful
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    Alan HartlepoolUnited Kingdom 15/01/2011
    Alan HartlepoolUnited Kingdom 15/01/2011
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    "The Fry Chronicles"

    This is an excellent self recorded account of his life. His many and varied and honest reflections and anecdotes makes this an easy book to get into. Added to the fact that one can stop and start as required makes this, for me, a must. Perhaps a guarded warning for some, due to his use of language, should be noted, but in this 'unabridged' version it seems to naturally fit into his life style and personality. His easily 'listenable' voice adds to the charm of the listening, making you feel you have a personal appointment with him. Thoroughly enjoyable!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Sydney, Australia 15/10/2010
    Julie Sydney, Australia 15/10/2010 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining and Clever"

    Great easy listening, read by a master.

    Stephen Fry's impressions of various characters are spot on and very funny.Teaching, Cambridge, Show business,writing and his own particular demons.

    Will now order the earlier volume and look forward to the next.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Knaresborough, Nth Yorks, United Kingdom 15/03/2011
    Janet Knaresborough, Nth Yorks, United Kingdom 15/03/2011 Member Since 2006
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    "If you didn't love Stephen before . . ."

    What a lovely man. And here we have him chatting about his early career and he even does some affectionate impressions (his Alan Bennett is very good).

    Chatting? well yes because Stephen's tone is one of a chum telling of mutual friends. He just includes you in his life, somehow.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Alban LondonUnited Kingdom 19/02/2011
    Alban LondonUnited Kingdom 19/02/2011
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    "THEATRICALLY BRILLIANT LITERARY GENIUS"

    This book is an masterpiece of literary genius. Listening to it makes you feel as if you were in a theatre, having a coffee with your friend, attending a lecture, tweeting, playing a game with words and being emotionally hyper yet feeling unhappy knowing the fact that not everyone in the world has access to this work of art.

    Stephen fry's every possible emotion by connecting with the young petty thief, the greatest of scholars, the most adored television big whips and everyone in between.

    He makes a salad of language, time, accents, sighs and whips you with the most beautiful feeling of act, scene and spot light business. He informs the listener about the ins and outs of OxBridge competition, snobbery and the in-between shenanigans... as well as provide details about various affairs of the theatrical world while insuring that people like me and you, with no reference to what he is talking about, end this book feeling I have been on the best course.

    This is not an autobiography of Stephen Fry,but a biography of an era, and of a country's perception of the world in an epoch.

    A must listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katie-Anne Glasgow, Lanakshire, United Kingdom 04/11/2010
    Katie-Anne Glasgow, Lanakshire, United Kingdom 04/11/2010
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is an incredible audio book! Not only is Stephen Fry warm, funny and engaging as a narrator but the book itself is funny, touching and a wonderful listen. Though I have to say, don't listen to this on the bus, you'll get the strangest looks when you're howling with laughter!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mamatha Birmingham, United Kingdom 03/07/2011
    Mamatha Birmingham, United Kingdom 03/07/2011
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    "Genius!!!"

    I can easily listen to this again and again and... again.Absolutely great listening especially during a long run...or a long drive.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    joanne keeley 02/07/2011
    joanne keeley 02/07/2011 Listener Since 2010
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    "Brilliant"

    Stephen Fry's voice guides you through his life in a witty as well as provocative thoroughly honest review of his childhood to adulthood. Thought provoking as well as very funny.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Tomkins Northamptonshire, UK 02/11/2010
    A. Tomkins Northamptonshire, UK 02/11/2010 Member Since 2010

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    "Delightful insight into a national treasure"

    This was my first foray into audible and what a way to start, this audio book was unswitoffable (not a real word I know). It is read in an a style which is so easy and comfortable that it makes it seem ad libbed and as stephen is almost talking just to you. This book covers Stephens life from the end of his teens up to the nineties and is as interesting to hear his thoughts on himself as it is the times he lived in and the people he lived and worked with. Listen to it all in less than a week, Moab is my washpot (Stephens biography of his younger years) is on my wishlist after listening to this.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie BathUnited Kingdom 01/03/2011
    Jamie BathUnited Kingdom 01/03/2011
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    "A Fantastic Listen"

    I must admit, I was unsure if I should try this book.. I'm so glad I did, its a fantastic read.. It kept my glued to my ipod until the book was finished.

    Warning, there are a couple of bits in this book that will make you spit your coffee out.. and most likely laugh out loud.

    Would recommend to anybody.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • christine
    Wannanup, Australia
    01/03/11
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    "A must read"

    A fantastic, fascinating and brilliant book to listen to if you love Stephen Fry. He tells the story so eloquently and interestingly, very vividly so that you can sink yourself into his life and his thoughts and memories. Well worth every hour of listening enjoyment

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brent
    Stellenbosch, South Africa
    13/12/10
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    "Classic Fry Up"

    Wonderful stuff. Fry's mastery of English, interesting biographics and self-deprecating wit form an enticing amalgam. If you are a fan of Fry buy it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tanya
    Warburton East, Australia
    21/08/12
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    "Just fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fry Chronicles the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Fry's wonderful voice, I could listen to him all day. Wonderful insight to a well known and interesting character.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ross
    Australia
    05/12/11
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    "Like making a new friend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having Stephen read his own stories feels like sitting in the court yard of an old pub on a warm summer day and having a chat with him. Very entertaining and funny.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    South Brisbane, Australia
    16/10/10
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    "Fry the young man: A life exposed and explained"

    An excellent autobiography of Stephen the Cambridge student and young comedian, actor, entertainer, broadcaster and chronicler of the 80's and early 90's. All delivered with honesty and his sonorous Oxbridge accent. Entertaining and informative. Wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Warwick, Australia
    01/10/12
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    "Charming"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fry Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    The book was amazingly funny and charming, and being read by the author only improved the experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The section on his years at collage were amazing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark S. Fleeton
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    03/09/12
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    "Extremely entertaining"
    What did you love best about The Fry Chronicles?

    Stephen Fry has a special talent for discussing thing in minute details in an extremely entertaining way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's both a description of an interesting person and and interesting time in British comedy.


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pathos, gravitas, humor, pleasant voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The man who would be Oscar Wilde.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dale
    goring, Reading, United Kingdom
    24/06/11
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    "Great book!"

    Stephens story is certainly not dull at any point and he at all times paints a very vivid picture during his chronicles. I was aware he had a shall we say a colourful past and his rise to fame is very well documented through these narrated pages. Very enlightening I shall be listening to his others with great interest.

    Baah!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. R. Gibb
    New Zealand
    17/05/11
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    "A great conversation"

    Excellent. He writes warts and all in a relaxed flowing style that leaves you with the feeling you have been having a chat with a friend.Cant wait for the next installment. Take a bow Mr Fry

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Riccardo Manzotti
    30/05/14
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    "Nice wit sometimes too much pretentious"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fry Chronicles the most enjoyable?

    His voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fry Chronicles?

    When he describes what Cocteau and him may do to entertain their guests. however, what Steven may do is going to be a lot less amusing!


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The power of self-irony


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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